Heathrow Airport Departures Suspended After Reports Of 'Drone Sighting'

08 January, 2019, 20:48 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Heathrow may add 25,000 flights a year before third runway

Helicopters can be seen hovering over the airport's departure runway with police officers also on the ground. "They've only given us one update to say it was because of drone activity in departures", one passenger said, adding that they have not been given an estimate to when they can depart.

Flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted on Tuesday after the airport said there had been sightings of a drone flown near Britain's busiest air hub. "We apologies to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause".

Arriving planes are continuing to land at Heathrow.

This latest incident comes just a few weeks after all flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after it was reported that drones were seen near the site.

All departures have come to a standstill after the suspected drone sighting this evening.

Another said: "Sitting in a flight, doors closed at @HeathrowAirport T5 only to have the pilot announce that we are now on a long queue of aircrafts waiting to take off due to some #drone activity in the airport".


"As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are now investigating the reports with colleagues from airport".

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow's executive director for expansion, said the airport was committed to delivering the third runway scheme responsibly and urged local residents to have their say.

A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said they were called just after 5pm to "reports of a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport".

"The control tower has no idea when will be allowed to depart. - at Heathrow Airport".

Heathrow said earlier this month it was working closely with authorities including the police and looking at relevant technology to combat the threat of drones.

Heathrow and Gatwick responded by ordering military-grade anti-drone defences worth "several million pounds".

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